Parking for Disabled People
First of all, it’s important to remember that Blue Badges are not issued by the Council. Customers must therefore allow at least two weeks, and preferably a month, to apply for, or renew, their Blue Badge.
Those renewing their Blue Badge can apply two months prior to their current badge expiring and are advised to apply at least one month before the badge expires to allow adequate processing time.
Who can get a Blue Badge?
There are 2 types of eligibility criteria: either ‘Eligible without Further Assessment’ or ‘Eligible subject to Further Assessment’.
You are eligible under the first criteria if;
- You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and your decision letter states that you meet appropriate ‘Moving Around’ descriptors within the Mobility Component i.e. score 8, 10 or 12 points
- You are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- You receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- You have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces (Compensation) Scheme, and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
You may be eligible under the second criteria if;
- You drive a vehicle regularly, have sever disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter
- You have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case you may be required to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment so we can determine your eligibility.
In addition, a parent of a child who is less than three years old may also apply for a Blue Badge for the child if the child has a specific medical condition which means that they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment and/or need to be kept near a vehicle so that if necessary treatment is required then they have access to the vehicle or can be taken to place quickly where such treatment can be given.
You can enquire about Blue Badges at one of the Council’s One Stop Shops or by contacting the Central Advice and Duty Team (CADT) on 0151 606 2006.
How can I apply for a Blue Badge?
To apply for a Blue Badge you can:
- Apply for a Blue Badge Online
- Download an application form for a new Blue Badge
- Download an application form to renew your Blue Badge
- Download an application to replace your Blue Badge
- Call the Central Advice & Duty Team on 0151 606 2006 or any of the Council’s One Stop Shops to have an application form posted to you. Completed forms will need to be returned to a One Stop Shop with the relevant evidence requirements and fee.
You can also download the Wirral Blue Badge Policy, from March 2013, from this website.
How can I renew a Blue Badge?
If you still meet the eligibility requirements and would like to renew your Blue Badge you will need to complete a Blue Badge Renewal Form. You will need to print this off and take it with the relevant evidence requirements to any One Stop Shop. These can be downloaded from the Council website or collected from any One Stop Shop.
What evidence do I need to provide?
You must provide the following evidence to support your application. All evidence must be original and current. Photocopies will not be accepted.
If you are applying under ‘Eligible without Further Assessment’ you will need to provide the following;
- Annual award letter of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance Disability Living Allowance.
- Your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letter stating that you that you meet appropriate ‘Moving Around’ descriptors within the Mobility Component i.e. score 8, 10 or 12 points
- Registered Blind or holds a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).
- Award of a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- Receives a qualifying award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and is certified as having a permanent and substantial disability.
- Proof of identity and address
- One passport sized photograph
If you do not have any of the above qualifying evidence you will be applying under ‘Eligible subject to Further Assessment’. This may require you to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment, with a qualified health professional to determine your eligibility for a Blue Badge. You will still need to provide proof of identity and address and provide one passport sized photograph.
More information about the Blue Badge scheme
On 1st January 2012 the Blue Badge scheme (also known as Disabled Parking Badges) was reformed nationally. This national scheme is run by the Council on behalf of the Department for Transport. The key changes to the scheme are;
- An increase in the cost of the badge to £10 for three years parking
- The Council introducing new mobility assessments to determine eligibility for a Blue Badge. In some cases this will mean that you will be invited to an appointment with an Occupational Therapist to discuss your mobility
- The need for people applying for a Blue badge to carry out a self assessment for renewals, to confirm that they are still eligible.
We may ask for your permission to contact your doctor for additional information about your disability which may be required to determine your eligibility. Only the Council can decide whether or not you are eligible for a Blue Badge.
Blue Badges allow cars carrying people who are registered blind or people who have severe walking difficulties to be parked near shops, stations and other facilities. Blue Badge holders are able to use the parking spaces set aside for disabled people, and park in paid parking zones for longer periods of time.
Blue Badges belong to the disabled person and not the car or the driver. They must not be used by anyone other than the disabled person.
If your medical condition or mobility improves, resulting in you no longer being eligible then you must return your Blue Badge to the Council immediately.
For more information about Blue Badges please visit the Blue Badge Frequently Asked Questions page elsewhere on this website, or enquire at one of the Council’s One Stop Shops or contact the Central Advice and Duty Team (CADT) on tel. 0151 606 2006.